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Sustainability, museums andloansMaurice DaviesMuseums Association UKwww.museumsassociation.org/sustainability
Meet the needs of the presentwithout compromising the abilityof future generations to meettheir own needs
Museums enhance the qualityof life of everyone,both today and in the futureMuseums are in thesustainability business
SocialEconomicEnvironmentalTriple-bottom line
EnvironmentalLightingTravel and TransportStaff behaviour(“switch it off”)Reuse and recycle(don’t waste display materials)C...
SocialBuy local, green and fair tradeWork with other organisationsInvolve communityShare skills
Economic - 1Diversify income:•  Public / government•  Generated / trading•  Fundraising / donations
Economic - 2              another wayBigger buildingsbigger collectionsbigger audiencesbigger budgetsOR…Spend less money!P...
Prosperity without growthStop expanding!Quality and deeper relationshipsmore important than quantityDon’t do too much!Don’...
A sustainable museum…  is not obsessed with growth  focuses on quality of experience  has strong relationships with its...
Common principles• Protect environment• Deepen relationships• Improve what we pass on to the future• Contribute to social ...
Collections and sustainabilityCollections need to be used enough nowActively researched, displayed, sharedAn asset to the ...
32                                                                                      A new range?                      ...
Environmental Sustainability            and LoansLoans are Good!What is more sustainable?Virtual / online orTemporary exhi...
V&A Energy use
Sustainability and LoansLoans are good!Lending more sustainably would mean:•  Less energy and natural resources•  Less mon...
Social Sustainability              and LoansTo be more socially sustainable:It’s simpleGet things displayed, researched, s...
Sustainability and LoansTo be more economically sustainable:It’s simpleLend things for less money!
Registrars and SustainabilityRegistrars are people who:Get collections usedPromote sharing collectionsMake loans more sust...
www.museumsassociation.org/sustainability
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  1. 1. Sustainability, museums andloansMaurice DaviesMuseums Association UKwww.museumsassociation.org/sustainability
  2. 2. Meet the needs of the presentwithout compromising the abilityof future generations to meettheir own needs
  3. 3. Museums enhance the qualityof life of everyone,both today and in the futureMuseums are in thesustainability business
  4. 4. SocialEconomicEnvironmentalTriple-bottom line
  5. 5. EnvironmentalLightingTravel and TransportStaff behaviour(“switch it off”)Reuse and recycle(don’t waste display materials)Collections-care requirements(air conditioning?)
  6. 6. SocialBuy local, green and fair tradeWork with other organisationsInvolve communityShare skills
  7. 7. Economic - 1Diversify income:•  Public / government•  Generated / trading•  Fundraising / donations
  8. 8. Economic - 2 another wayBigger buildingsbigger collectionsbigger audiencesbigger budgetsOR…Spend less money!Prosperity without growth
  9. 9. Prosperity without growthStop expanding!Quality and deeper relationshipsmore important than quantityDon’t do too much!Don’t work too hard!
  10. 10. A sustainable museum…  is not obsessed with growth  focuses on quality of experience  has strong relationships with its users  has partnerships with other organisations  shares collections  perhaps works outside its buildings
  11. 11. Common principles• Protect environment• Deepen relationships• Improve what we pass on to the future• Contribute to social progress• Look after staff• Plan long-term• Work together
  12. 12. Collections and sustainabilityCollections need to be used enough nowActively researched, displayed, sharedAn asset to the future, not a burden… smaller?Preserving collection can damage the planet!Resources (energy and money) neededby collection must reflect its public benefits
  13. 13. 32 A new range? 30 16-28˚C 28 30-70%rH Change <10% in 24 hours 26 Sensible Loan Conditions? 24 18-25˚C Internal Air Temperature 22 40-65%rH (˚C) Change <10% in 24 hours (1) 20 Also generally recognised as human comfort zone 18 International Museum Standard 16 21˚C+/-1˚C 50%RH +/-5% 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Relative Humidity (rH%)Extracted from 027094 Whitworth Art Gallery MEP Concept Design Report Revision 00 Buro Happold 29/04/2010 NJF
  14. 14. Environmental Sustainability and LoansLoans are Good!What is more sustainable?Virtual / online orTemporary exhibitions?
  15. 15. V&A Energy use
  16. 16. Sustainability and LoansLoans are good!Lending more sustainably would mean:•  Less energy and natural resources•  Less money•  More benefit for society
  17. 17. Social Sustainability and LoansTo be more socially sustainable:It’s simpleGet things displayed, researched, sharedUse collections to make people’s livesbetter – learning, enjoying, communicating
  18. 18. Sustainability and LoansTo be more economically sustainable:It’s simpleLend things for less money!
  19. 19. Registrars and SustainabilityRegistrars are people who:Get collections usedPromote sharing collectionsMake loans more sustainableBuild partnerships between museumsManage riskWhat will you do at your museum tocontribute toeconomic,environmental andsocial sustainability?
  20. 20. www.museumsassociation.org/sustainability
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